Dumb luck sets some policemen on his trail -- after a series of innovative escapes, he gets mistaken for a murderer with a price on his head, which means the people that aren't chasing him are fleeing from him. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 10 reviews ) Topics: Silent, Comedy, Buster Keaton
Lon Chaney plays Blizzard, a deranged psychopath scarred by the childhood operation where a young doctor mistakingly amputated both of his legs. Hellbent on revenge Blizzard becomes a master criminal. This is one of Lon Chaney's most famous non-horror roles. This is copied from video mastered off a well worn home movie print. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 7 reviews ) Topics: Feature Films, Silent films, Lon Chaney, Wallace Worsley, Gouverneur Morris
From Wikipedia: Never Weaken is a 1921 silent comedy film starring Harold Lloyd and directed by Fred Newmeyer. It was Lloyd's last short film, running to three reels, before he moved permanently into feature-length production. It was also one of his trademark "thrill" comedies, featuring him dangling from a tall building. Lloyd and his crew honed and perfected their "thrill" filming techniques in this film, and put them to astonishing use in the 1923 classic feature Safety... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews ) Topic: Harold Lloyd
Dumb luck sets some policemen on his trail -- after a series of innovative escapes, he gets mistaken for a murderer with a price on his head, which means the people that aren't chasing him are fleeing from him. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews ) Topics: comedy, buster keaton
This short film was a test for Edison's "Kinetophone" project, the first attempt in history to record sound and moving image in synchronization. This was an experiment by William Dickson to put sound and film together either in 1894 or 1895. Unfortunately, this experiment failed because they didn't understand synchronization of sound and film. The large cone on the left hand side of the frame is the "microphone" for the wax cylinder recorder (off-camera). The Library of... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews ) Topics: edison, movies, dickson, sound, synchronization, synch, Murch
Little Nemo is a very early animation (1911) drawn by Windsor McCay and based on his comic strip, Little Nemo in Slumberland. It is interesting in that it shows McCay drawing the pictures which will later go into the animation. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews ) Topics: silents, animation
FILM IN 2 PARTS!!!! The 130 minutes version left of a film supposedly 6 hours long in its primary form. The most expensive production of that time, they say. (Director Stroheim, $700,000 producer Carl Laemmle, $1,300,000). Monte Carlo was entirely recreated on Hollywood backlot. Impressive indeed! more info on http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0013140/ favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews ) Topics: Erich Von Stroheim, drama, silent film, roaring Twenties
Charlie Chaplin's 54th Film Released Aug. 07 1916 One A.M. was a unique Charlie Chaplin silent film created for Mutual Films in 1916. It was the first film he starred in alone, except for a brief scene of Albert Austin playing a cab driver. Chaplin plays the role of a wealthman coming home late, after too much to drink. He only wants to go to bed, but 'everything' around him prevents him. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0007145/ favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews ) Topics: Charlie Chaplin, Silents
Alice's Wonderland (1923), from the series Laugh-O-Grams. View movies and cartoons on youtube @ PDFREETV View trailers on youtube @ The Trailer Archive favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews ) Topics: alice in wonderland, laugh-o-grams, laugh o gram, disney, walk disney, ub iwerks, newman, black...
Early adaptation of the novel by Victor Hugo starring Lon Chaney. You can find out more about this movie on its IMDB page. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews ) Topics: silent, Lon Chaney, Quasimodo
From IMDb: Con artists Harold and Snub attempt to outwit phony psychic Miss Goulash and her "professor" father. Stars: Harold Lloyd, Harry Pollard, and Bebe Daniels favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Comedy, Short, Silent
The Electric Hotel starring Segundo de Chomón and Julienne Mathieu http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000516/ favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Public Domain, Gen X, Silent Movie, Short Film, Segundo de Chomón, Julienne Mathieu, Comedy,...
This one is a silent film created by a young Walt Disney. I was not familiar with this film although I had seen both silent and talkies as the early film makers called them. One of my ancestors was in a silent film, but he was one of the crowd. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Silent films, Walt Disney, Silver Screen, Alice
Charlie Chaplins 53rd Film Released July 10 1916 The Vagabond was a silent film by Charlie Chaplin and his third film with Mutual Films. Released in 1916, it co-starred Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Leo White and Lloyd Bacon. This film echoed Chaplin's work on The Tramp, with more drama mixed in with comedy. The story begins with Charlie, playing music to raise money, and instead finds the abused girl (played by Edna) living in a gypsy camp. As in The Tramp, he works on finding a way to help... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Charlie Chaplin, Silents
This gut busting comedy, starring Buster Keaton, charmingly explores love in the three ages of life - the prehistoric age, the roman age, and the modern age. Throughout the years, where love is concerned, does anything really change? You can read more about this film on its IMDb page. Enjoy! favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topic: Silent, Buster Keaton, Love, Romance, Comedy
Within Our Gates was produced and directed by Oscar Micheaux in 1919. He is considered to be the first African-American director of feature films and this is the first such film still in existence. I found the plot difficult to follow, and he does not give full play to the "money" scenes at the conclusion but it is certainly of historic interest. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: African-American, black
A selection of some of the earliest silent films. They are unidentified, but the first, The Car, looks like it came from Melies while the second, The Derby, is probably from the Lumiere Brothers. There is a paper print from Edison, and a very telling shot of Tsar Nicholas and entourage parading in front of the peasants in 1911. His days were numbered at that time. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: silents, edison, melies, fistory of film
Johnnie loves his train ("The General") and Annabelle Lee. When the Civil War begins he is turned down for service because he's more valuable as an engineer. Annabelle thinks it's because he's a coward. Union spies capture The General with Annabelle on board. Johnny must rescue both his loves. There is another version on the Archive. This one is full 720p high resolution and crystal clear! From the folks at myretroflix.com favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: The General, Buster Keaton, 1926, mp4, 720p, silent
A film about the dastardly doings of Norbert Jacques's title villian, directed by Fritz Lang. Rudolf Klein-Rogge stars in a role he later repeated in "The Testament of Dr. Mabuse" (aka "The Crimes of Dr. Mabuse) in 1933. This is actually the first part of a film that was released in two parts, something Lang has done a few times (The Indian Tomb, Siegfried). Unfortunately, I do not have part 2. I hope at some point someone who has a copy of Part 2 to be kind enough to upload it.... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: thriller, Lang, feature films
The fiend faces the spectacular mind-bending consequences of his free-wheeling rarebit binge. Stars Jack Brawn http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000546/ Please watch Carport Theatre's amazing scored version of this film. You won't regret it. It's wonderful. http://archive.org/details/DreamOfARarebitFiend_381 favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Gen X, Wallace McCutcheon, Edwin S. Porter, Winsor McCay, Jack Brawn, Comedy, Black and White,...
Silent (No soundtrack) From the Wikipedia entry for "Cabiria": Cabiria is a 1914 silent movie from the early years of Italy's movie industry, directed by Giovanni Pastrone (1883-1959). The movie is set in ancient Sicily and Carthage during the period of the Second Punic War (218-202 BC). It follows a melodramatic main plot about an abducted little girl, Cabiria, and features an eruption of Mt. Etna, heinous religious rituals in Carthage, the alpine trek of Hannibal, Archimedes' defeat... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Silent, Epic, Drama
When Pollyanna (Mary Pickford) is orphaned, she is sent to live with her crotchety Aunt Polly (Katherine Griffith). Pollyanna discovers that many of the people in her aunt's New England home town are as ill-tempered as her aunt. But Pollyanna's incurable optimism - exemplified by her "glad game," in which she looks for the bright side of every situation - bring a change to the staid old community. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Silent, Comedy, Drama, Mary Pickford
"The Sealed Room" is a story by Edgar Allan Poe set in the 16th Century in which a Count (Arhtur V. Johnson) has built a windowless room in his castle. It is a small yet nice and very cozy room, as it is meant to be used to enjoy the love and company of his wife, the Countess (Marion Leonard) in a more private way. However, the Count doesn't know that his wife is not exactly faithful, as she is infatuated with the Minstrel (Henry B. Walthall) at Court, with whom she is having an... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: silent, short, D.W. Griffith
A silent western starring Tom Mix as a border agent. This film features some of the earliest aerial photography used in motion pictures. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: silent, western, feature films
This final film by silent screen star Harold Lloyd comes nine years after his previous feature. In this film, that reprises a character portrayed by Lloyd in a 1925 film, it is shown what happened to our hero, Harold Diddlebock (Lloyd), twenty years after his big triumph on the college football field. Struggling in the same job he received twenty years previous, Diddlebock is fired so he wanders the streets and eventually goes into a bar. After drinking his first drink in his life, and a... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Comedy, Preston Sturges, Harold Lloyd
1926 directed by Roland West starring George Beranger, Charles Herzinger and Emily Fitzroy. Sets designed by William Cameron Menzies. A criminal who dresses like a bat, intent on finding hidden money, scares the guests at an old, dark house rented by a mystery writer. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: the bat, 1926, william cameron menzies, mystery, horror, batman, roland west, silent movies
Les cartes vivantes Also known as The Living Playing Cards in the USA (1905) French B&W : Short film Directed by Georges Méliès A bearded magician holds up a large playing card and makes it larger. He tears up a card of a queen, burns the torn bits, and a life-size Queen of Hearts card appears; then, it becomes alive. The magician puts her back into the card. The same thing happens with the King of Clubs: the card becomes alive. The king removes his costume, and there's something very... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Gen X, Georges Méliès, Short Film, Silent Film, Drama, Fantasy
PRESS RELEASE: New Fragment of legendary 'lost' film CLEOPATRA (1917) Found in Coney Island. The hosts (Jack Garcia & Rev. Hal Shaw) of the popular alternative media program God Rock Radio stumbled across the historical clip at a local book exchange on a mislabeled video tape. Unlike the 30 second fragment shown on TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES this newly unearthed footage features fluid camera movement and classic silent screen pantomime acting. Theda Bara was the screen's first sex symbol and... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Cleopatra, Theda Bara, God Rock Radio, Egypt, Silent films, cinema
Charlie Chaplin's 62nd Film Released Oct. 22 1917 The Adventurer is a short comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin. It is the last out of the twelve films made while he was under contract for the Mutual Film Corportation. Chaplin plays an escaped convict on the run from prison guards. He falls into favor with a wealthy family after he saves a young lady (Edna Purviance) from drowning, but her suitor (Eric Campbell) does everything he can to have Chaplin apprehended by the... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Charlie Chaplin, Silents
This is the Internet Archives copy of the Buster Keaton silent classsic, Cops to which I have added a music track. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Buster Keaton. Cops. silents, classic, comedy
Le Voyage Dans la Lun (A Trip to the Moon) by Georges Méliès (1902) George Melies's `A Trip to the Moon' welcomes a change in film making of the twentieth century. Combined with live action as well as models, the movie tells a story about astronauts who take a trip to the moon. The moon, having a human face captures the astronauts after they crash into its eye. They later escape the moon and it's moon-men and make it back to earth safely. Melies wrote, directed and starred in this movie. He... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Gen X, Georges Méliès, Moon, Fantasy, Short
Co-starring Zasu Pitts and Fay Wray whose career was pricesely launched by this film. Apparently, the sequel "The Honneymoon" was definitively lost during the 1950s. more info on http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0019558/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wedding_March_(film) favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Erich von Stroheim, Fay Wray, Zasu Pitts, silent movie
byH.J Miles; American Mutoscope & Biograph Company
A September 30, 1903 afternoon panoramic view, shot by H.J Miles, of people at the north end of Ocean Beach located near the Cliff House on San Francisco's western shore. The film is a production of the American Mutoscope & Biograph Company. If some of these scenes look familiar, it is because this is the full video from which 2 short clips, "Cliff House from Ocean Beach" and "Crowds at Ocean Beach," housed at archive.org, were taken. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Cliff House, Ocean Beach, Golden Gate, Dutch Windmill, American Mutoscope & Biograph Company,...
"The Cameraman" is a classic romantic comedy. This film illustrates the work and contributions of Marceline day, a star of Silent Hall of Fame. Let's give our thanks to Warner Bros. for making this film available to the public. You can buy a DVD with the film here:http://www.amazon.com/Buster-Keaton-Collection-Cameraman-Marriage/dp/B00049QQ78/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1430762530&sr=8-15&keywords=buster+keaton"The Cameraman" was the first film of Buster Keaton after... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, silent film, silent movie stars, free classic film, old movies,...
Rare silent film by the maker of "The Cabinet of Dr Caligari", released the same year. Unfornately, this is a 45 minutes condensed copy of the film. more info on http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0011221/ and on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genuine_(film) favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: expressionism, Robert Wiene, silent movie
This is a short preview. You can watch the whole film here:http://silent-hall-of-fame.org/index.php/gems-for-donation"The General", a thrilling comedy about the Civil War, lifted Buster Keaton from the ashes of oblivion decades after his name and legacy were forgotten. Audiences and critics in the 1920ies did not appreciate this extraordinary masterpiece, but Buster Keaton always regarded "The General" as his best film. Today he is totally vindicated and the world agrees... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton, Joseph Schenck, silent film, silent movie stars, free classic film,...
Dumb luck sets some policemen on his trail -- after a series of innovative escapes, he gets mistaken for a murderer with a price on his head, which means the people that aren't chasing him are fleeing from him. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: comedy
One of the most famous films from The Lumière Brothers, who are often credited as the Fathers of All Cinema, "Le Squelette Joyeaux" (also known as "The Dancing Skeleton") is arguably the first stop-motion film but surely the best known of its time, packing in the viewers for this witty short comedy film. Release Date: France 1897 Production Co: Lumière Read more about Auguste and Louis Lumière http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auguste_and_Louis_Lumi%C3%A8re favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Gen X, Lumière, Fantasy, Comedy, Short, Stop-Motion, Animation
A Corner in Wheat was directed by D W Griffith in 1909. It uses intercutting between the poor farmers and the wealthy society people for effect but its greatestinterste lies in its social message of greed and its effects. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: greed, griffith, futures, silents